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#19217 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [steve_]
Aug 18, 2012 (3:44 pm)
I think I'll save my dollars and cents and sent it regular 1st class mail so the gov't doesn't profit more than they have to off this false allegation.
Of course, I will follow up with phone calls and/or a visit to talk to someone that can confirm receipt after a few days. If somehow it ended up in the round file, I'll hand deliver the form and get a copy stamped as received by the court clerk
Aug 18, 2012 (6:18 pm)
Slow day today - as in slow drivers. 2 highlights: beige Corolla going about 27 in a 35, driver has a dead straight ahead stare and a death grip on the wheel suitable for someone driving a 20 foot wide semi through a 20.1 foot wide opening at 100mph. Sorry, if operating a low powered penalty box like that is challenging, you shouldn't be on the road. Driver wasn't old or impaired-appearing, but maybe "new"...
Then saw a Mazda 6 on a 4 lane arterial approaching a major intersection, posted at 30 and everyone goes 35-40. The Mazda was going about 12, and the driver was reading some kind of newspaper or long list of directions as they ambled along. I snuck up alongside and laid on the horn before I got past. Just made the light.
And over the past couple weeks I have been getting out on a borrowed motorcycle now and then to brush up on my skills and decide if I want to take up the hobby. I am having serious second thoughts, due both to being kind of ham-fisted at slow speeds (I wasn't like this when I was 15, what happened? I'm getting old! No way I could get the insanely enforced endorsement with my current low speed ability) and because of other drivers. If I do it, I want a loud horn and a machine gun hidden in the fairings.
#19219 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [andres3]
Aug 18, 2012 (6:40 pm)
Maybe someday you'll finally grow up (as I finally did) and start accepting personal responsibility for breaking the law.
It doens't matter what YOU think the law should be or what the speed limits are.
I get the feeling that day will be a LONG time from now....
#19220 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [andres3]
Aug 18, 2012 (9:25 pm)
Let's get this over with.
Aug 19, 2012 (2:45 pm)
Had to honk again today - Camaro on a 35mph road goes slower and slower then darts left with no signal and makes a u-turn. Also got behind a CRV that would floor it off the line, get up to maybe 5 over the limit, then slowly drop back to under the limit. Had to undertake that one. Typical no doubt short leash drone driver yapping with his female passenger.
#19223 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [isellhondas]
Aug 19, 2012 (5:54 pm)
and start accepting personal responsibility for breaking the law.
As should the City of La Mesa be held responsible for breaking the speed trap laws and using radar where the speed limit is not justified by the 85th percentile in a recent traffic engineering road survey!
They should be held responsible not only to me by having their testimony struck for my court case, but also they should pay me "sanctions" in the amount of $250 for deliberately breaking the law in an effort to extract revenues from a citizen.
What say you?
#19224 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [andres3]
Aug 19, 2012 (6:41 pm)
Traffic engineers "responsible"? I guess there's always a first time. Public sector work rules usually oppose that concept, especially once tenure is established.
Was out this evening. 4 lane road, no turn lane, I was in the left lane, Bentley Continental in the opposing left lane, we both have red. I am waiting to turn, I have my signal on, opposing car does not. Light changes, I creep forward a little, Bentley just sits there, I make several hand motions to get the older female driver moving, then she wakes up and hits her signal as she gets in motion to turn left. Ah the competent and skilled 1%...
#19225 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [fintail]
Aug 19, 2012 (7:55 pm)
More like the elderly and rich 1%.
"I drive a Bentley, dah-ling... why in the world should I need to use a turn signal? The world is my oyster."
Maybe what they say about those Bentleys is true--ride is so isolated, it's easy to fall asleep.
Or maybe everyone who owns a Bentley should be required to have a chauffeur... then no harm, no foul falling asleep while driving.
#19226 of 21734 Re: La Mesa Case Update [backy]
Aug 20, 2012 (10:05 am)
But this was the "Continental GT" - a coupe that acts as kind of a sport model. The driver wasn't quite elderly yet, but wasn't a spring chicken either. At least she used the signal though - seems to be a dying art.
I see a lot of clueless stuff from late model highline vehicles (especially Range Rovers, X5-6, GLs, etc) - kind of works against the idea that money comes from competence and ability. But I guess when the money wasn't usually gained from effort or work...